Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January Giveaway Question!

The year 2010 is nearly behind us - can you believe it?  That means January is on the horizon, and with it the January Giveaway Question!

Our question this month is:


What is your New Year's quilting or sewing resolution?


Perhaps there are specific projects you want to start (or finish!), techniques to learn, quilting retreats to attend, guilds to join, sewing rooms to organize, or scraps to use up.  Tell us about it!  Leave your comments below.  And remember, if you don't have an account, choose the "anonymous" option, but be sure to leave your email address if you want to be entered in the drawing! 

Three randomly-selected winners will win gift certificates to Shabby Fabrics!


I will leave you with this blessing for 2011:

A Quilter’s Blessing: May your rotary cutter always be sharp, may your seams be straight and true, may your points be perfect, your blocks square and even, and may you always see well enough to thread your needles! - Anonymous




70 comments:

  1. I have a list of things I want to try in the 2011, like dresden plates, curved piecing and paper piecing. I'm setting goals for completing UFO's, and eagerly anticipating making several new quilts. I'm planning to spend my new years eve and day cutting out a new quilt. I've been collecting fabric for this particular quilt for 10 months now, and am finally ready to stop shopping and start cutting! Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks for having such a lovely shop!

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  2. Oh I would be so happy to just make my way through my fabric closet! lol I have so many projects waiting to be started! I need to make some serious time to work on my One Block Wonder, three baby blankets, two wall hangings, and 3 BOMS.

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  3. To use up all my quilt show purchases from this year.

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  4. My goal is to get my Blocks of the Month finished. I have several of them under construction - I always manage to keep up with the blocks, and they may even be sewn together, but I never quite get the project completely done. My goal this year is to finish five (!) of them.

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  5. My resolution is to finish up BOM started from last year and year before that. LOL. To use up fabric that I have already and not to start any BOM for 2011.

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  6. My goal for 2011 is to try and finish a UFO a month from my treasure trunk.

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  7. Oh my, sewing resolutions for this year are many.
    My 4-H class will finish a quilt.
    I want to increase my fabric stash and tools.
    I want to learn three new patterns (that I can teach the class). I will finish my sewing room.
    I will organize my project wish list.
    and of course, finish all projects started!!!!

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  8. I want to designate more time to my creativity of designing patterns for my heirloom baby quilts and diaper bags. I want to increase my fabric stash, because as I say you can never have too much fabric. I also want to take my leftover scraps and pieces and possibly start teaching my skills to young girls to carry on the wonderful tradition of sewing and quilting. Sewing is my passion.

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  9. To be organized and find more TIME. I will be making a list of all my UFO's and then hopefully cross them off as I finish them. I have a lot planned this coming year, to design myself, to do a bunch of Civil War quilts, and to have a lot to show for my time and money that I have already bought. I mean, I can't die with undone things....my daughter would get it all!!! I've got as lot of work to do!

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  10. To learn how to machine quilt with my Bernina Stitch Regulator.

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  11. To purchase some good quilting books and learn to use my sewingmachine better. I am still a newbie to sewing, so learning with every project :)..ah and finally to get my own sewing/craftroom (kids leaving home).

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  12. I have actually been thinking seriously about this question for a few days now. This year I want to start spending more time in my sewing room and less time at work and get into designing my own patterns and hopefully be able to sell them.

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  13. I have so many UFOs, including 3 quilts that are sandwiched and ready to quilt, that I may not allow myself to start a new project unless I've completely finished an old one. We'll see how long I can hold out!

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  14. Most of my UFOs are little table toppers and will take no time to finish, but the quilt that I have been working on for myself is one that I would love to complete this year!

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  15. Oh my goodness....my 2011 list is endless and I am SOOOO excited to get it started! First and foremost, I'm want to finish setting up my new sew/work station and with the help of my hubby, I am hoping to be up and running by the end of next week. As for quilts, my list is endless but I have three classic patterns that I WILL complete before summer. I received an QOM for Christmas, and I am also anxious to work on this project. Basically, my 2011 goal is to QUILT, QUILT, QUILT! Happy New Year!

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  16. As a newbie quilter, I want to learn more quilting techniques, one of which I hope is applique!!!!

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  17. Thanks for the awesome blessing -- how appropriate! Since some of my most satisfying moments are those spent in my quilt room, I will be doing as much of that as possible this year. My goal is to finish some projects before I start new ones -- but that's my goal every year and there are always so many intriguing temptations that come my way!

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  18. I have so much I'd like to get done in 2011 but my biggest plan is just to achieve something!!! I am writing a list of the finishes to be done and the new projects to be started and hopefully I can find a balance. I plan to work on Christmas gifts ALL year instead of waiting until the last minute!!!

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  19. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for leaving the "Quilters Blessing", it is wonderful and I had never heard it! I try not to make resolutions for the New Year but this year I made two...I need to drink less cola (it's kind of hard on my Neuropathy, but it is my only true vice, LOL)...well, aside from fabric that is! The other is one I told my hubby a few days ago and just got the 'ya, right' look! I want to finish up three projects that are so close to being finished it is scary, and I want to do that before starting any new ones! The new ones I have lined up are a beautiful Batik colorwash quilt kit that I bought in Sedona, AZ over 18 months ago. It is called "Desert Sunset" and I REALLY want to get to it. The other is a pattern in the new Australian magazine from Leanne Beasley called Vignette. A small project that everyone needs to do for their sewing rooms. A 'Notice' board with some piecing and a little bit of stitchery and it is adorable, just 12" X 16". Then there are so many fun follow along BOM's in blog land that I can feel my resolutions slipping away as I type this,*sigh*. But mainly, 2011 will be the first year I have had my own sewing room and I just want to make good use of it. Finally, everything I need in one room. I don't have to play search and find anymore so I hope to be more productive.

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  20. Love the Quilter's Blessing. I've purchased fabric and patterns for several projects that are languishing in plastic storage tubs. I'd like to finish one per month, as well as keep up with 2 swaps, 1 BOM, and learn some new-to-me techniques this year. It's time to step outside the box!

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  21. Wow, Awesome giveaway :)
    I want to make some lovely quilts using the fabric scraps my mom gave me!
    Thanks for the chance :)

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  22. I love you shop! I love the fabric you pick out for the BOM kits. This year I would love to learn to clean up as I go. I bought my 2 1/2 year old grandson a toy vacuum for Christmas. He hid it upstairs so that his little 1 year old sister would not find it and play with it. He forgot to take it home with him when he went home. When he came back two days later my daughter help him find it. He went straight to the closed door of my sewing room and said "I don't want to take it home. Nana has a big pile of mess in her sewing room I need to help her with." Anyway, I don't want to give up any of my sewing time or my time to play with my grandson to clean, so I just leave a mess all the time and close the door. So when I can no longer find what I need, i guess I will clean. Thanks for letting me share.

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  23. I would love to finish four of my UFO's (including the quilting) so that I can start on a few other projects that I have...I have bought so many of Shabby's kits this year it isn't funny......I have turned into a fussy cutting needle turn addict....

    Thanks Kim In Sydney

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  24. I would like to sign up for the block of the month at my local quilt shop which features both applique and quilt as you go techniques. Then using the quilt as you go, I would like to make a queen size quilt for my bed and do the quilting myself.

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  25. I desperately want to learn how to actually quilt on a domestic sewing machine. I figure if I start now, then I should have it down pat by the end of 2011???? They say practice makes perfect.... :-)
    Susan

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  26. I want to finish the many projects I have started in years past. I don't want to buy any new projects until I have finished up some of the old ones.

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  27. I have so many kits and really neat projects that I need to start sewing more and quite looking for more neat projects. I want to only buy fabric and materials to finish what I already have. I'll let you know next year how this turns out!!!!

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  28. I want to first say thank you for such a great site! I come here for inspiration! I'd like to continue my love of quilting and sewing for my family for 2011 with a little organizing and always a few new projects tossed in here and there. Happy New Year! Linda G. at rgranch@pioneer.net

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  29. I hope to do more quilting and sewing. I have two grandbabies on the way and I have made a quilt for each of my grandbabies.So hopefully 2011 will be better than 2010 was.

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  30. This year I would love to finish three quilts that are in progress and my goal is to be able to sew at least once a week if not twice. Unfortunately other commitments are taking up too much of my time!

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  31. I have a "bucket list" of projects to make for Christmas 2011. I will have to make at least one per week, plus finish BOM's and other UFO's for grandchildren birthdays. My heart is full or ideas, but, is my mind ready to spring into action!

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  32. Above comment from anonymous....mahandpah@aol.com

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  33. My goal for 2011 is to use my stash for scrappy quilts, so I can get more new fabric.

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  34. BLESSED NEW YEAR !
    I LOVE FREE MOTION, SO MY NY'S GOAL IS TO PRACTICE+IMPROVE ON IT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING~

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  35. I will finally renovate my sewing room. It's been much needed for a few years now. Wish me luck! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love your shop and your BOM program is the best I've ever participated in. Timely, good directions, generous fabric cuts. Just wonderful.

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  36. For 2011 I have 2 quilt-related goals: LEARN something, and TEACH something! I hope to either take a class or try a new technique, as well as learn to take great photos of my projects.. Also I would like to either write a pattern or a tutorial. I want to start a blog of my own in 2011 as well.

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  37. My resolution is to finish 4 quilts for gifts thiks year! Thanks!

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  38. I have at least 15 quilt tops...due to nerve problems I can no longer hand quilt for very long at a time...so my resolution this year is to continue teaching myself to machine quilt...so I have plenty of quilts to keep us warm next winter!

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  39. I've learned not to make resolutions due to family circumstances; I am a caregiver. That said, there are quilty skills for me to learn as time permits. First, how to sew and machine quilt with our new sewing machine so I can make more quilts. Second, Win a big giveaway.... Hmmm that last todo came from my mother as she loves to open the packages. (LOL) Have a glorious January for a good start to 2011. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  40. I am so excited about 2011 - ready to tackle some projects not completed - already completed three projects over Christmas so I have a head start! But I would like to learn hand embroidery and do a quilt project that combines piecing and embroidery stitches. Thank you and hope everyone has a blessed 2011!

    Cindy (cburt@sonicdrivein.com)

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  41. My goals for 2011 include getting through my legals studies by mid-April so I can be more involved in my local guild and encourage charity quilt gifts. Currently chairing a retreat in August 2011 where we will be donating several lap size quilts to our local Good Sam's and am buying fabrics today (your store, of course) for that purpose. There will be only about 23 of us making these quilts so we have our hands full. So, my overall goal is to finish, school, be more active in local guild and encourage our group making quilts for donation to people in our local community.

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  42. Well let me see.........I travel 300km round trip to join in a quilting group. This happens once a fortnight. The rest of the time I am home and for me home is an isolated sheep station. Without my group and sewing I would get pretty bored so yes for me 2011 will be to continue my friendships at sewing and to continue sewing at home.
    Deb sturtvalestn@bigpond.com

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  43. I would be kidding myself if I said that I was going to use all what is my stash, as am always so tempted with new fabrics and patterns as they appear, so plan to get my fingers stitching to finish of couple of BOM quilts which I started last year and was sidetracked whilst I got caught up in a stitching frenzy with all the Secret Santa stitching before christmas, so now is for 'me" time.

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  44. A number of years ago, I bought an embroidery machine to do the Kerrie Hey "Latte Quilt". I actually have all the blocks finished and the middle finished and beaded with over 1,000 hand sewn beads. My resolution is to finally sew it together with sashing and then QUILT IT!!!!!

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  45. I have so many quilt tops partially finished that i am determined to finish them this year. So far I just finished the last applique block in a quilt I started 5 years ago. Next up is the swag border on an oak leaf appliqued quilt. After that, 2 BOM's that need to be put into their settings. Maybe next year's resolution will be to get all these tops quilted...........isn't this fun? Pulling out a partial quilt top that i haven't worked on in a couple of years is like seeing a new quilt and it actually excites me to think of working on it again. Sometimes we just have to put things aside for awhile to appreciate them.

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  46. It is so sad that children have to grow up and leave home. Our oldest daughter is preparing to go off to college next fall. It's an exciting time in her life and yet there is so much unknown in her future. Remembering that I was homesick my first year in college, I wanted to send her away with something that would comfort her - the ultimate comfort - a lovingly handmade quilt.


    It had been my goal to quilt together with my three daughters, but that never happened. Yes, they have quilted random small pieces and have machine quilted, but we never did do that hand quilt together. With nine children and a blind husband, needlework times seem to slip away into cleaning and cooking or homeschooling times. But we will hand quilt her a quilt before she leaves!!

    While my heart would have loved to design and cut her a quilt from my heart, I knew that time is now at a premium. She picked out a lovely quilt kit from ShabbyFabrics.com. I will piece it together this month and we will begin our hand quilting together - us four girls - before she leaves for college. I know it will be hardest during the summer months since our New England beach, only a few miles away, beckons us on those sunny days, so I am hopeful that we finish most of it in these cold days or that we will be blessed with a rainy spring. May the true blessing come in the fellowship together and the comfort she receives in remembering those sweet times together.

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  47. My quilting resolution is to quilt with my mom at least once a month.

    Melissa

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  48. I am not going to feel like I have to finish some of the UFOs that I no longer like. I will donate them to our guild to make money. I hope to finish the ones that really are important to me. I love your site, it is a happy one.

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  49. Not a true resolution, but I want to get over my fear of cutting up my fabric...I love fabric but hate to cut into it...not sure why, it is just so pretty! Lisa in Texas

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  50. I always buy more fabric than the initial quilt needs, sooooo... I will make a second, third, and sometimes even a pillow or mini wall quilt with the fabrics left from the one that started the fabric spree. And I will post the results so others will be inspired to USE IT UP!

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  51. an addendum: the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quilt will use a new pattern or skill. And I will be fear-less because the initial quilt is done and finished and given and beautiful, so I do not need to be "afraid" how the next ones will turn out. Because it will not matter. They will be mystery bonus quilts!

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  52. To get my sewing room "redone" - rip up the old carpet and put down wood laminate to start with, then really sort through my "stuff" as it all gets put back (or not!). Finish my Patchwork Party Quilt from 2009 (or was it 2008?) and make the current one! Plus, of course, finishing many other UFO's. Happy New Year, everyone!

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  53. More than anything I want to have the courage to make a crazy quilt for my oldest granddaughter...she asked me for a quilt a couple of years ago...I am not a quilter....I do make all kinds of beautiful pillows, sachets, etc. but not quilts. I purchased a book on the technique, and I have made some pillows and think it is all quite challenging, but the results so pretty.
    Fingers crossed that she will get the quilt, actually a throw is what she asked for, for her Christmas gift for 2011!
    Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!
    Jil

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  54. To finish a quilt I'm working on!!

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  55. My goal for this year is to make a lap quilt. I've never actually made a quilt (just a lousy attempt at a table topper) so I am determined to conquer this fear (by starting small, of course). ;)

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  56. My goal for 2011 is to finish at least one quilt a month and at least 1/2 of them for the year have got to be UFO's. Happy New Year!=)

    Sandy
    explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Thank you for the beautiful Blessing!

    This year I want to do up several UFO's that have been waiting on me, for waaaay tooooo long! LOL Also want to do a Dresdon Plate quilt before year is out.

    Getting ready to start a Pinwheel throw...with my daughter, who lives in North Carolina (I'm in Ohio). We are doing together---but apart---and will surprise each other with the gift of finished throws! Sooooo excited!

    That's for chance to win!
    Blessings!
    Lori :)

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  58. oops! Meant THANKS for chance to win!! Shoulda proofread! Blah! :)

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  59. I want to go through my fabrics and sort in a systematic manner so I won't be buying fabrics that I've already purchased!

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  60. I seriously need to organize my sewing room and finish several UFO's before starting anything new. I am hoping that 2011 will be a year of great accomplishments and joy.

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  61. I hope to finish lots of my UFO's this year and get my sewing room in order! I also want to make lots of cute dresses for my new grand daughter to wear while she's playing on the quilts I've made her! Happy New year and thanks for a great site! theforresters@sbcglobal.net

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  62. I have definite quilting plans! Right now I am going to finish a scrap quilt that I've been working on for a long time. Last week I cut all the remaining blocks. They are pinned together and sitting by the machine - plan to sew today! I also am working on a quilt I call my "masterpiece." I want to finish that within the next 3-4 months. Also, I want to make myself a very nice quilted jacket. Fabrics & patterns are sitting in the sewing room on top of the stack. There are other things I'd like to do also, but those are my priorities and I plan to have a lot of fun sewing this entire month!

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  63. My resolution is to first finish a UFO before i start anything new. so far so good. i get them out with all the makins. and i have started a once weekly christmas sew-in. i'll be ahead this year, i hope. scarlette in snowy VA

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  64. #1 resolution--to find a way to create a honeycomb storage system so as to organize/condense fabric
    #2 resolution--piece/applique/quilt lots
    (drawets@ksu.edu)

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  65. I have several block of the month projects and am going to participate in the pin cushion of the month so I will want to keep up with all of them. I hope to stay current all year. My sewing/craft room is organized so I have no excuse at this time.

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  66. I would like to finish a quilt for all my kids for Christmas!

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  67. My goal for 2011 is to get my entire house straight! In particular, my sewing room/home office so that I can catch up and stay current! This will involve going through lots of stuff and weeding out lots of stuff as going to charity or just basic trash. It's amazing the stuff I choose to save. I need to learn HOW TO LET GO!

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  68. I want to just do more sewing in general. Make table runners and maybe smaller projects and the biggie is to learn to use my domestic machine to quilt. I'm so bad about wanting everything to look perfect the first time I do it!:( I know this will take lots of practice. I ordered a kit from you several years ago and still have not done it so thats another thing I want to accomplish--Love your fabrics and goodies- Marietta

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  69. So many things I want to accomplish this year. I have 3 block of the months and a round robin I hope to keep up with. I am still new to quilting so I hope to continue to improve my skills and I would really like to be able to create some wonderful homemade gifts to give when the holidays roll around again. Thanks so much :)

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  70. I have felt for the last few years that I am too old to do this or to start this...realized that this is negative thinking as one is NEVER too old to do anything their heart desires. Therefore I have resolved that in 2011 that I am going to make my FIRST quilt, make 24 lap quilts for Christmas 2011 for grandchildren and then sit down and smile...not because I may have succeeded but becaused I tried!!

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